Sunday 24 June 2018

Give us our Communion parties - just don't mention religion

Big Communion parties see our family rituals continue in the Church, even as we seem to reject it, writes Sarah Caden

'Big Communion parties see our family rituals continue in the Church, even as we seem to reject it'. Stock image
'Big Communion parties see our family rituals continue in the Church, even as we seem to reject it'. Stock image

Sarah Caden

Last weekend, as we absorbed not only the result of the referendum but the landslide quality of that result, there were congratulatory conversations up and down the country about how it signalled a massive shift in Irish society.

Further, it highlighted just how far we have come in unhitching ourselves from the Church and its control. We felt good about ourselves.

Many of these conversations occurred at parties to celebrate First Holy Communions, without anyone really noting the irony of it all. One minute you're in a church claiming to espouse all that it upholds and encouraging your child into its embrace; the next you're at home with a glass of fizz and a bouncy castle cheering the great victory for the New Ireland.

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